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I appreciate the "don't get a camera" advice but I'm pretty set on this. We do trips already, and we're not really a jewellery family (thank goodness!).

I looked into the RX III and while it seems like a great camera, I'm hesitant as it offers no lens switching options. I'm thinking that may be a gift avenue for her down the road.

I also stumbled onto this: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/camera-buyi ... 17666.html and it seems to suggest the big advantage with mirrorless is the compactness. Is there such a thing as an SLR with a general lens for 90% of stuff, and then maybe for special trips she can take a bag with an extra lens?

I'm going to go back and read some more.
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Consumer reports seems to say the Canon EOS 70D may be a good option, it's a full SLR with this in the notes: "It's a powerful camera that you can set on one of several simple auto settings or scene modes and let it do all the work for you. Then, when you're ready, you can move into a more specialized mode." Clocks in at around $1300 pre-tax so works in my budget.

The mirrorless option seems to be the Samsung NX30, comes in around $1000 pre-tax too. Can switch lens and is smaller and half the weight.

Are those both reasonable options? If so, I'll head to store and actually touch them and decide.
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Pfizer wrote:
Dec 18th, 2014 11:21 am
. Is there such a thing as an SLR with a general lens for 90% of stuff, and then maybe for special trips she can take a bag with an extra lens?

I'm going to go back and read some more.
I posted my DSLR suggestion earlier. I bought my wife a D5100 from Costco last year and added a Tamron 18-270 lens (there is now a 16-300 which is even more versatile). She loves the camera for trips and other occasions. I am the photographer in the family but she has produced some nice results. It took 30 plus years for her to agree to use a DSLR put she had good success with her Sony A550 with an 18-200 lens and loves the D5100.

You have to decide that a DSLR is for her before you go that route.

I do have a number of compact cameras as well that I use and she does sometimes as well.
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blair7 wrote:
Dec 18th, 2014 11:54 am
I posted my DSLR suggestion earlier. I bought my wife a D5100 from Costco last year and added a Tamron 18-270 lens (there is now a 16-300 which is even more versatile). She loves the camera for trips and other occasions. I am the photographer in the family but she has produced some nice results. It took 30 plus years for her to agree to use a DSLR put she had good success with her Sony A550 with an 18-200 lens and loves the D5100.

You have to decide that a DSLR is for her before you go that route.

I do have a number of compact cameras as well that I use and she does sometimes as well.
You mentioned the D3100 on the first page, I did look at that one the rating seems to be quite a bit below the other options I looked at (specifically ease of use). I found the 5200 on the CS site and it seems to say the same things - you're thinking it's superior to the ones I've noted above?
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I was mixed up. I bought my son a D3100 when Target cleared them out (final price $160). I bought my wife a D5100. It is probably more than she needs.

I cannot give advice on the Canon as I have no experience with Canon DSLR cameras. I have lots of experience with other Canon cameras though. Similarly I know very little about mirrorless as I have never used one.

I was trying to get across what works for us. I am now a Nikon user as well as both my wife and I switched from Sony.

Hope this helps.
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blair7 wrote:
Dec 18th, 2014 12:48 pm
I was mixed up. I bought my son a D3100 when Target cleared them out (final price $160). I bought my wife a D5100. It is probably more than she needs.

I cannot give advice on the Canon as I have no experience with Canon DSLR cameras. I have lots of experience with other Canon cameras though. Similarly I know very little about mirrorless as I have never used one.

I was trying to get across what works for us. I am now a Nikon user as well as both my wife and I switched from Sony.

Hope this helps.
Every bit of info helps. Reading more reviews on the 5200.
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Pfizer wrote:
Dec 12th, 2014 4:02 pm
I'm sure it's been asked before, but I don't see anything recent and I thought I'd give it a try...

I'd like to buy my wife a new camera for Christmas, she's had a tough year and I want to get her something really nice and I just got a decent bonus at work. I was poking around ConsumerReports and some of the highest rated ones are "full frame" units - I did some further research on this and it seems to me they are terrific cameras, they can be a little difficult for novices to get the best out of, especially if they're not willing to carry multiple lens around.

Is that generally correct? She loves to take pictures, but I also know she won't want to have a bag to carry around and swap out. I'd say my upper end is around $2000 - again, she's had a tough year.

Any help or direction will be appreciated (and thanked)!
5D Mark III with 100-400mm 2.8f.
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Mayosandwich wrote:
Dec 18th, 2014 4:14 pm
5D Mark III with 100-400mm 2.8f.
That appears to be almost $4000.
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DSLR: $1300 for Canon 70D + 18-135mm STM + Tripod. Add another fast lens like 50 1.4 (or the cheaper 50mm 1.8) just for fun with portrait . This DSLR route is only useful if she's free to carry the camera & camera bag around. If you have young kids then forget it and get the one that's more portable (ie, Sony RX100 III). Also, be prepare for expensive future upgrades when she's into photo gears and worse (GAS).

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/ ... 339b7fen02
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Mayosandwich wrote:
Dec 18th, 2014 4:14 pm
5D Mark III with 100-400mm 2.8f.
Where can I buy this magic lens?
ntv1980 wrote:
Dec 19th, 2014 1:42 pm
DSLR: $1300 for Canon 70D + 18-135mm STM + Tripod. Add another fast lens like 50 1.4 (or the cheaper 50mm 1.8) just for fun with portrait . This DSLR route is only useful if she's free to carry the camera & camera bag around.
+1 to this. 70D w. 18-135 + 50mm 1.4/1.8. Then a 70-200 f/2.8 or f/4 or 100-400 f/4 for your telephoto needs.

My wife uses a Sony A7. (mirrorless Full Frame) Problem now is lens selection.
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Get her one of the Nikon S1 , J1's that have been popping up on sale. Light, takes great photos, easy setting, interchangeable lens, almost DSLr quality and cheap.
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I think she does not want to carry around multiple lens so she needs the best all in one. For those that recommended the Canon why not the Tamron 16-300. It is going to be a lot better in terms of range than what she has.

If she want a big zoom why not the Tamron 150-600 which will do almost anything (granted it is not 2.8 but it is not $4000 either).

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